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Bless you, Molly

There are no gas stations between Buffalo & Casper, Wyoming on I-25, about 90 miles. So when my "add fuel" light came on with about 50 miles to go, I really sweated bullets, because I have never figured out how much gas I have left when that happens. Molly gets between 40 - 50 mpg, and she got me to Casper without running dry *kiss kiss kiss*

Almost home. Devil's Tower was breathtaking, what an inappropriate name for what is obviously sacred ground.


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james_b
Oct. 25th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
I've done runs in Australia where carrying fuel cans was a definite must. Even if you filled up at every gas station, you still wouldn't make it to the next one unless you had long range tanks or were carrying extra fuel cans (or both).

Traveling out in Western Queensland in our Toyota Hi-Ace 15 passenger van, that we had fitted with dual fuel tanks, I'd still have to carry a 60 litre (15 US gal) fuel drum in the back to make it on one particular route ... and that refuel would be dependent on the only gas station in the area actually having fuel (it often ran dry, and it could be days before a tanker turned up with fresh stock).

One of our vans was designed for inner city travel in England (British built Ford Transit). It had a tiny 8 gallon fuel tank and the gearing meant that it got only 10 mpg on the highway. The 80 mile range meant that, even some main highway runs couldn't be made without fuel cans and a side of the road refueling stop.
ccdesan
Oct. 25th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Ozzies and Africans would truly understand this dilemma, and it's plain that your regions of desolation exceed ours by an order of magnitude. Little Molly has an 11.something gallon tank, which gives me roughly a 450-mile range between fillups. If there was a notice, I missed it, so I take responsibility for my own predicament, but it was still very unnerving.

Makes me think of "Tintin in the Land of Black Gold", Dupond and Dupont with their lost and found gas can...
james_b
Oct. 25th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
It's just something I grew up with.
carlfoxmarten
Oct. 25th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
Does Australia have better-mileage vehicles as compared to North America to match those long distances between gas stations?
james_b
Oct. 25th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Not really. The economy is similar (when I was doing lots of long didtance travel, the engines were fitted with carburettors, and the crude anti smog settings meant that pretty poor fuel economy was the norm. It was a case of being prepared for it.

Most of the highways along the coast are no problems now ... 30 years ago it was a bit different.

In 1982, I drove through Death Valley and noted that there were more facilities in Death Valley than many of our main highways.

However once you hit some of the lesser traveled outback routes, it's a case of stop at every gas station and fill as far as you can. When I left government employ, most of our 4x4s were diesel (which improves the mileage) and came fitted with factory dual tanks.
carlfoxmarten
Oct. 25th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Any idea if you've got a reserve tank?

My dad's older Nomad van has a reserve tank (but no matching fuel gauge) so he can drive long distances without needing a fillup.
(unfortunately, that's the one that needs a fair amount of work, including door seals, drying out the interior, and possibly replacing the engine)

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